RBC Heritage – 2nd Round Coverage

RBC Heritage - 2nd Round Coverage (Image 1)



17 golfers have not yet finished their round due to inclement weather.  The current cut line is at +1 but could change with the finish tomorrow morning at 8am. 

Savannah's own Brian Harman is currently outside the cut line.. but that could change to +2 once the final golfers finish.


Here is the release from the PGA Tour:


Mostly cloudy with a high of 78 degrees. Winds S 15-20 mph, with gusts to 34 mph.


Play was suspended due to dangerous weather in the area at 6:15 p.m. The 17 players who failed to complete their round will be back in position at 8:00 a.m.


Cut implications

At the time of the suspension, exactly 70 players sat at 1-over or better, with one of those (Jesper Parnevik) facing a par putt of 5'5″ on the 18th hole to remain at 1-over. A total of 91 players are at 2-over or better, with Ryan Palmer and Nicolas Colsaerts out on the course at 2-over with one hole remaining and Casey Wittenberg with two holes left.


Whether the cut comes in at 1-over or 2-over, it will mark the slimmest margin between the leader (6-under) and the cut line so far this season. The previous mark was nine strokes, set on four occasions and most recently at the Valero Texas Open.


Partial Second-Round Leaderboard

Kevin Streelman      66-70—136 (-6)

Charley Hoffman     66-70—136 (-6)

Steve LeBrun          68-68—136 (-6)

Luke Donald           69-68—137 (-5)

Bill Haas                 68-69—137 (-5)


Kevin Streelman

Two starts removed from his first PGA TOUR title at the Tampa Bay Championship, Kevin Streelman followed a 5-under 66 with a 1-under 70 in round two.


Streelman, who hit just nine of 14 fairways in round one, improved to 12 of 14 in round two (85.7%). For the second straight day, he hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation.


Streelman is making his 11th start of the season, and is coming off a missed cut at last week's Masters.


Streelman is making his fifth start at the RBC Heritage. Before last year's T17 finish, he ended up T36 in 2011. Streelman missed the cut at Harbour Town in his first two starts of 2008 and 2009.


This marks the first time Streelman has held a lead/co-lead after 36 holes. At the Tampa Bay Championship, he began the third round seven strokes back.


Steve LeBrun

PGA TOUR rookie Steve LeBrun got off to a rough start in his first year on TOUR, missing the cut in five of his first six starts. He's righted the ship somewhat, having finished T24 and T37 in his last two starts at the Puerto Rico Open and Valero Texas Open, respectively. 


LeBrun comes to the PGA TOUR in 2013 by virtue of a T2 finish at the 2012 PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament. LeBrun is making his 11th career PGA TOUR start this week.


In his lone start on the PGA TOUR last year, LeBrun qualified for the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, made the cut and finished T46.


LeBrun hit nine of 14 fairways in round two (64.3%), as opposed to 11 in round one. For the second straight day, he hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation (72.2%).


LeBrun, a West Palm Beach, Fla. native, was inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 for his resume as a baseball player. He once worked as a substitute school teacher.


Should LeBrun hold on for the win, he would become the second rookie to win on the PGA TOUR in 2013, joining Russell Henley (Sony Open in Hawaii). There were four rookie winners in 2012.


Charley Hoffman

With his 1-under 70 in round two, Charley Hoffman extended his streak of consecutive sub-par rounds to 10, dating to the first round of the Shell Houston Open (T20). A week later, and in his last start before this week, he finished T3 at the Valero Texas Open. Hoffman is making his ninth start of the season this week.


This week marks Hoffman's fourth start in the RBC Heritage. He finished T12 last year, 75th in 2009 and missed the cut in his first start of 2006.


Hoffman is here this week in search of his third career win on the PGA TOUR. His first win came at the 2007 Humana Challenge and he most recently claimed the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship title.


In round two, Hoffman hit 10 of 14 fairways in regulation (7/14 in R1) and 13 of 18 greens (10/18 in R1). Hoffman needed 30 putts to complete Friday's second round, as opposed to just 22 in round one.


Hoffman's only other lead/co-lead after 36 holes was at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. He finished T2.


Second-Round Lead Statistics

There have been six second-round leaders/co-leaders to win in 15 stroke-play events this year.


The last second-round leader to go on to win the RBC Heritage was Jim Furyk in 2010.


The lowest first 36-hole score at the RBC Heritage is 128, set by Jack Nicklaus (1975) and Phil Mickelson (2002).


Additional Player Notes

In round one, the grouping of Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Webb Simpson didn't card a single bogey. That wasn't the case in round two, as Day fell victim to three bogeys (72), Leishman took two (71) and Simpson had one bogey and a double on his card (71).


Defending RBC Heritage champion Carl Pettersson struggled in round two with a 4-over 75. At 1-over through 36 holes, he will begin Saturday's third round seven strokes off the lead.


On the heels of his T6 finish at the Masters, 2011 RBC Heritage champion Brandt Snedeker was unable to mount a charge in round two after an opening-round, 2-over 73. He shot a 71 Friday and sits at 2-over 144, with his weekend plans on hold until the 36-hole cut is made on Saturday.


Miscellaneous Notes

Since the RBC Heritage moved into its slot after the Masters in 1983 (2011 the exception when it was played two weeks after the Masters), just six players have won the event without having competed in the Masters the week before: Carl Pettersson (2012), Brian Gay (2009), Boo Weekley (2007), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Bob Tway (1995) and Davis Love III (1987).


There are 32 players in this week's field who competed last week at the Masters Tournament.


Players who have made the RBC Heritage their first PGA TOUR victory include Hale Irwin (1971), Graham Marsh (1977), Doug Tewell (1980), Nick Faldo (1984), Davis Love III (1987), Glen Day (1999), Jose Coceres (2001), Peter Lonard (2005), Aaron Baddeley (2006) and Boo Weekley (2007).


Past RBC Heritage champions and their position at the time of the suspension: Jim Furyk (T51), Boo Weekley (T71), Glen Day (T59), Brandt Snedeker (T71), Aaron Baddeley (T51), Brian Gay (T51), Justin Leonard (T51), Stewart Cink (T13) and Carl Pettersson (T59).


Today was proclaimed the official “Els Autism Awareness Day” by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. In a show of support, PGA TOUR players are wearing blue pins all week and donned blue shirts in round two Friday.


This week, James Driscoll announced his “Birdies for Boston” initiative, with proceeds going to the One Fund Boston (onefundboston.org). For the next two weeks, Driscoll will personally donate $1,000 for each birdie he makes in competition at the RBC Heritage and Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Through two rounds, Driscoll has made seven birdies. He is encouraging TOUR players and fans to get involved by logging on to http://together.pgatour.com/players/23409.html.


Bogey-free rounds:

R1 – Jason Day (67), Marc Leishman (67), Johnson Wagner (67), Bill Haas (68), Hunter Mahan (68), Webb Simpson (68), Camilo Villegas (68)

R2 – Chris Kirk (69)


Scoring Averages:            Front      Back         Total        Cumulative

First round                        35.868    35.778      71.646      —

Second round                   35.872    36.096      71.968      71.796 (partial averages)


Morning scoring average (71.66) vs. afternoon scoring average (TBD).


Greg Chalmers (left hand injury) and Peter Hanson withdrew during the second round.

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